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Six Fighting Saints Selected at 2022 NHL Draft

By Dubuque Fighting Saints, 07/08/22, 5:45PM CDT


Dubuque Sees Record Number of Players Selected in Montreal

The 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal came to an end Friday afternoon after seeing six Fighting Saints selected over the course of the two day event. 

Things started off with a bang in the first round on Thursday night when Matthew Savoie was selected 9th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, surpassing Zemgus Girgensons as the highest drafted player in Fighting Saints history (2012, 14th overall to BUF). 

The excitement in Dubuque continued into the second day of the draft on Friday. As quickly as the second and third rounds breezed by, two more Saints were off the board to start round four. Kenny Connors was selected 103rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings, followed up by Stephen Halliday at 104th overall by the Ottawa Senators. 

Round five turned to six before three more Fighting Saints had their dreams realized. 

Theo Wallberg was selected with the 168th overall pick by the Senators and Nils Juntorp was selected shortly after with the 188th overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks - both in the sixth round. Wallberg and Juntorp are incoming players who were selected in Phase II of the 2022 USHL draft by the Fighting Saints.

Connor Kurth became the third and final Fighting Saint to be selected in the sixth round when the Tampa Bay Lightning had their choice at 192nd overall.  

These six players wrapped up a historic couple of days for hockey in Dubuque. Having six players - past, present, and incoming - selected in the NHL Draft set a new Fighting Saints franchise record. The previous record was five draft picks, which occurred in three different drafts: 2019, 2016, and 2012.

President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Kalle Larsson, was thrilled with the results of this year's draft. 

"It's been an exciting two days for our organization," Larsson said. "We are proud of all players and families with Fighting Saints ties that were selected."